Los Angeles Dodgers: 3 biggest holes that must be filled this offseason

Jason Reed
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 14: Manager Dave Roberts #30 of the Los Angeles Dodgers stands for the national anthem before game 5 of the National League Division Series against the San Francisco Giants at Oracle Park on October 14, 2021 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 14: Manager Dave Roberts #30 of the Los Angeles Dodgers stands for the national anthem before game 5 of the National League Division Series against the San Francisco Giants at Oracle Park on October 14, 2021 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) /
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(Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) – Los Angeles Dodgers
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3. Backend rotation help

This was originally going to be higher on the list, but with the team already addressing it, we bumped it to the third spot. The Los Angeles Dodgers have consistently been known for being a great pitching team, and the back half of the rotation is currently up in the air.

It is safe to assume that Heaney is going to help in some capacity. The Dodgers always run with 6-7 starting pitchers, knowing that someone is always going to be hurt and miss some starts, and Heaney fits perfectly into being that sixth or seventh guy.

While he has potential and has shown flashes of having really good stuff, Heaney has not been consistent at all in his career. Entrusting him to be the fourth or fifth starter is a scary risk for the Dodgers to take.

As of right now, the 2022 rotation is going to be Walker Buehler, Julio Urías, Dustin May (at some point), Andrew Heaney and Tony Gonsolin. With Heaney’s past and Gonsolin’s recent playoff performance, the Dodgers need more help.

That help could be in-house if the team decides to re-sign Max Scherzer and Clayton Kershaw. Even if those two regress, it really helps the depth of the starting rotation by adding two veteran arms to a rotation that right now is pretty young.

Kershaw would be the fifth-best starter in that rotation if they brought back he and Scherzer, which is saying something about how talented that group would be.

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